The Oberlaender Trust, 1931-1953

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CHAPTER VI
POST-WAR YEARS 1946-1953

In Spring 1946, the Trust suffered a severe loss in the retirement from active duty of its Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Wilbur K. Thomas, due to impaired health. The Trustees of the Oberlaender Trust were glad to join the Board of Directors of the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation in the arrangement of a retirement income for Dr. Thomas. Fortunately, he was able to continue as a Trustee and attended meetings of the Oberlaender Trust regularly until his death in April, 1953. The Trustees honored his memory by the adoption of the following resolution-

"WHEREAS, Wilbur K. Thomas died on April 15, 1953; and

WHEREAS, he was a member of the Board of Trustees from its establishment in 1931, and also its executive officer until June 1946, when illness compelled him to discontinue his active work; and

WHEREAS, Wilbur K. Thomas gave faithfully and freely of his great experience as a philanthropist and student of international cultural relations, thereby greatly contributing to the prudent and effective administration of the Trust:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Trustees of the Oberlaender Trust hereby express and record their sorrow over the loss of their fellow Trustee and convey the expression of their sincere condolence to his family; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Acting Secretary is hereby instructed to send a copy of this resolution to the bereaved family."

At a meeting of the Trustees, held on May 29, 1946, the management of the Trust was re-organized as follows:

The Assistant Secretary, Mr. Hanns Gramm, was appointed Acting Secretary;

Mr. A. G. Scattergood, Trustee, was appointed Acting Treasurer; and

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